Principal & Founder of Water Bear Collaborative
Katy Mamen is a principal and founder of Water Bear Collaborative, a consultancy that supports leaders in the social sector to envision and implement system-informed strategies in service of social justice and ecological health. She is passionate about fostering collaborative leadership and facilitating the emergence of structures and culture that support powerful change. Katy previously managed multi-stakeholder policy roundtables and led the California Food System Alliance Network as Director of Programs at Ag Innovations. She has an MSc in Holistic Science from Schumacher College in the UK, a groundbreaking program focusing on complexity and whole systems, and a BSc (Honours) in Physical Geography from McGill University in Montreal. Her perspective is informed by earlier work supporting traditional agrarian communities in Central and South America, Asia, Europe and North America, and she currently lives in a rural, consensus-based intentional community, where she honed her group process skills and continues to live with her partner and daughter.